15 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: Public Health Informatics, which is delivered online, is a module designed to look at how informatics and information technology can be used to help address some of the major issues in public health. Public health informatics was traditionally defined as "the systematic application of information and computer science and technology to public health practice, research, and learning" (Yasnoff, 2000). In this module, we examine this rapidly changing field, using a combination of online lectures, individual and group exercises and self directed learning. Key issues around the local, national and international contributions that technology can make to public health are critically examined and students are given a theoretical and practical grounding in this increasingly important discipline.

Staff Contact: Helen Buckley-Woods
Teaching Methods: The module will consist of a variety of learning methods including live online lectures delivered via Adobe Connect, recorded lectures, briefings and exercises. In addition, students will be expected to spend a significant amount of time on self study, including work for specific sessions,general reading and time working on the module assessment. Students will be orientated to the weekly topics either via live or recorded one hour lectures or a research briefing (Learning Outcomes 1,2,5 ) Lectures/research briefings will introduce students to the weekly topics and provide a theoretical background to the topic (Learning Outcomes 1,2 ) Specific case studies and examples will be introduced as part of the lectures/research briefing and will form the basis of the weekly self directed learning activity (Learning Outcomes 1, 2) The weekly self directed learning activity may be a scenario based case study, an online discussion, articles to read and critically evaluate or a presentation to prepare. In addition, practical student led sessions will be offered where appropriate. (Learning Outcomes 3,4) The assessment for the module will consist of a formative briefing note, to be delivered in Week 4 (Learning Outcomes 1,2 ) and a summative assignment to be delivered in Week 15 (Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5 ). Further independent study will allow exploration of relevant issues, either via staff led or student led reading/activities (Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5 ).
Assessment: Course work

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